It’s a bit of a flowery phrase, but I guess Munich-based Jay Scarlett tastemaker really shouldn’t need an introduction. Together with Cinnaman, he has released the seminal Beat Dimensions compilations and is regarded by many as the ambassador for beat music. Under the name of Ampsoul Generation, he presents new artists on a blog and radio-show, and for a short time he has been operating the Ubeat label.
We asked Jay to play some of his favourite tracks of the moment and asked him a handful of questions on the scene and the state of Beat Dimensions.
Can you describe what the scene was like at the time you released the first Beat Dimensions? What was your motivation to do so?
The motivation behind the project was simply try to tap into a demographic of producers that weren’t getting their music out to the world because of various reason mainly the confidence level or the path to release it.
Were you surprised how this kind of music took off on a worldwide scale? what has changed?
Surprise yes in terms of how well it was received & how many people were actually looking for a new change in the scene i think these were some of the reason it did quite well on reception.
These days every blog releases its own beat compilation, but unfortunately they often mistake quantity with quality, there seems to be no curation at all. What are your opinions on that?
I agree with the quantity over quality but like most things you find a path to work and the quality purposely gets better with the understanding of whats expected.
That said, are there any plans for another Beat Dimensions and what will be the challenge?
Beat Dimensions has been laid to rest for the present. Partially because the individual ethos might have changed & the necessity to want to continue might be placed somewhere else.
Can you name some releases you enjoyed most this year or look forward to?
Plenty of artists consistently coming thru and i think to name a few is always something thats hard to do with so many new producers just to touch on some. I personally like Bobby Tank, Danny Scrilla, Moresounds, Deft, Manni Dee, Kindness, EAN, DZA, Boyfriend, Darkhouse Fam, Hazeem, Mieux, Pitchben, Skyence, KRTS, Midnight Davis, OL, Pixelord, Clams Casino, heRobust, Ambassadeurs, Lost Twin, Ta-ku, Tensei… could go on.
Listen | Download | Subscribe (iTunes)01. Tensei – 100 Ton Press
02. Swindle – Do The Jazz
03. Eprom – Regis Chillbin (Machinedrum Remix)
04. Eloq – Fruitsy Collins
05. Débruit – Ata
06. Barrington Levy – Vibes Is Right (Om Unit Edit)
07. Joker & Ginz – Purple City (Danny Scrilla Refix)
08. Dibia$e – Some Act Right
09. Midnight Davis – Haze
10. Dza – Finger Snaps (Shigeto Remix)
11. Eloq – Last Night A Random Girl
12. Herma Puma – Pokerface (Lopez Remix)
13. Houseshoes feat. Jimetta Rose – Castles
14. Hazeem – Cosmic Healer
15. Tensei – Passport
16. Kindness – House
17. Ghostface Killah – Mighty Deadly (4di Remix)
18. Om Unit X Daedelus – Vous Etes Stereo
19. SirOj – Natalie Portman
20. Illum Sphere – An Old Escape (Kill Them Kill) (Dabyre Remix)
21. Bee Gees – Love You Inside Out
22. Oh No & Doom – 3 Dollars
23. Just-Ice – Cold Getting Dumb
24. Leo Sunship – Give Me The Sunshine (mini – tro
25. Vessel – Standard
26. Throwing Snow & Py – Wallow (Lapalux Remix)
27. Herma Puma – Jollys (Ariya vs The Ones Edit)
28. The Mahavishnu Orchestra – Power Of Love (Om Unit Edit)
We hope you enjoy this little mix by Jay Scarlett. To stay connected on his activities, find him on Twitter, SoundCloud and Mixcloud.
Let’s see, you got new mixtapes from Flying Lotus and Dego this week. Looks like you’re well supplied for the weekend already, otherwise here are some more.
The Valentine Mix from Breakbot still does it for me, but then I found this new one on Crazy Birds and it’s just as good. Summer disco vibes.
This Saturday, New York’s MoMa is hosting a Warm Up party featuring an allstar line-up of Four Tet, SBTRKT, Matthewdavid and Falty DL. The latter also has warm up for the Warp Up, a mixtape hosted by The Fader.
Lando Kal did a mix for Rush Hour sublabel Direct Current, playing nothing but records released on the label.
Beat Dimension’s Jay Scarlett‘s plays some new music on the latest La Menuiserie podcast, and Daisuke Tanabe has put togehter a promo mix for CDR.
Of course you can go visit Boiler Room‘s website anytime you’re in need for a mix. Recent guest selectors include Scuba, Mount Kimbie (live), Mark Pritchard, Photek, Guido or Space Dimension Controller.
There are quite some mixtapes making the round lately and it’s all quality stuff from what I heard so far. So if you’re not following my Twitter stream, here’s a roundup of recommended mixes to get you into the weekend.
With her new EP out on Brainfeeder, Tokimonsta is currently on touring across Europe and the UK. And for those that can’t make it, she has put together the Analogue Monsta, the first of a two part mix series.
Rinse FM had two absolute killers this week, first a two hours set from Africa Hitech, who also announced their new single this week. And secondly it’s SBTRKT‘s new show, which is even better than the previous. Lot’s of exclusives, new remixes and tracks from his forthcoming debut album.
We got a bit concerned about Dabrye lately, haven’t we? Pulse Radio managed to pin down the man for an interview and even got the man doing his first official mixtape. You wouldn’t want to miss that!
More beats are coming by the man of Jay Scarlett, who is guest on Pixelatique‘s latest podcast. And Pete Concrete has made an exclusive mix for this year’s Oddstream Festival.
Towards the end, let’s go uptempo again with BNJMN‘s mini mix for SHOOK, the new Solid Steel with a guestmix from Jackmaster and lastly a mixtape by Brendon Moeller.
Have a nice weekend everybody!
Eat Concrete founder Pete Concrete is back with a new mix, showcasing 5 years of music on his label as well as some future releases. Put together for Jay Scarlett’s Amp Soul Generation Radio, it features music from the likes of Aardvarck, Caural, Herrmutt Lobby, Take, Knalpot and many more.
01. Caural – Underground Hip Hop Happened Ten Years Ago
02. Hearin’ Aid presents D-Frost Beats – I B Buc
03. Kubus – Zonder Baan
04. Hearin’ Aid – The Difference
05. Baconhead – Fly Traps
06. Aardvarck – Stamp
07. Knalpot – AV 1
08. Boy King Islands – Wear You Well
09. Enemy Earth – Omiture
10. Herrmutt Lobby – Play
11. Hearin’ Aid – The Difference
12. Take – All Around
13. Caural – Sugarcane Girlfriend
14. Aardvarck – Stolen Jazz
15. Evan Odd – Kitezh
16. Enemy Earth – Motto Sh*t
17. Caural – Sunburned
18. Aardvarck – Heal
19. Boy King Islands – Lights In The Sky
20. Lumisokea – Lilya
21. Aardvarck – Poesco Talk
If the stream is not enough, you can download the mix to your gadget of choice.
A freebie from Beat Dimensions co-founder and head of the Ubeat label, the one and only Jay Scarlett.
No additional info on this one, but you can grab the download for free. And while you’re at it, you might also want to check out this exclusive Dilla tribute.
A re-up of the Krystal Klear guestmix for Jay Scarlett’s Ampsoul radio-show from a couple of months ago. Press play to access the funkmosphere!
01. B B And Q Band – Genie
02. Krystal Klear – Throw It Away
03. Bobby Brown – On Our Own
04. Dâm-Funk – Hood Pass Intact
05. Kleeer – Tonight
06. Krystal Klear – Boogie Wan
07. Krystal Klear – Never Thought You Would Go (Instrumental)
08. Krystal Klear – It’s Been Too Long Await (Instrumental)
09. Father MC – Treat Em Like They Wanna Be Treated
10. Krystal Klear – Anteater
11. Keisha Jackson – Mama Told Me
12. Change – You Are My Melody
13. Touch Sensitive – Body Stop
14. Ulysses 82 – Don’t Speak French
15. Krystal Klear – Tried For Your Love
16. Sharon Brown – Specialise In Love
17. Sharon Redd – Never Give You Up
18. James Pants – Rhythm Track Vol.1-9
19. Freddie Jackson – He’ll Never Love You
20. B B And Q Band – Ricochet 20
21. First Touch – Pleasure For Your Treasure
22. Sharon Redd – Love How You Feel
23. The O’Jays – Put Our Heads Together
24. Daft Punk – Voyager
25. Krystal Klear – Persuaded Me
If you don’t like streams, click for the download.
With Jay Scarlett being one of the pioneer selectors in this whole beat thing, you already know you need to get your hands on the upcoming compilation Maverick Sessions Two. It was put together by himself and Ubeat co-founder Onur Engin.
Jay Scarlett & Onur Engin Present: Maverick Sessions Two
01. Elan – Fresh Lava
02. Onra – Lying Besides You
03. Kan Sano – Rec Gain Up
04. Vloop & Kenlo – Svelte Beat
05. Stevo – Pad Pusher
06. Sauce81 – Tbs
07. Mau’lin – Deadcab
08. Yosi Horikawa – Cook From South
09. Devon Who – Clementine
As it’s not available yet, I suggest you check this mini-mix with tracks from the compilation. I don’t have a release-date ready, but watch out on the Ubeat Records website for news.
The Beat Dimensions 2 compilation is now really in stores, I also mentioned these mixtapes from Jay Scarlett and Cinnaman before. Since then, Jay has put together some more BD mixtapes, which you can all download from BD’s SoundCloud page.
Here’s the latest (and longest) mix, put together for Belgian blog (and shop) Mac Fly, a site you should check out if you don’t know it yet.
Jay Scarlett BD Needleskip Mix (download)
01. Huess – Gak
02. Tweet – Call Me (Tokimonsta Remix)
03. Annu feat. Shaunise – Filler (Exclusive)
04. FaltyDL – Mother Beam
05. Leonard Destroy feat. Brother of Moses & Reggie B – Hypnotized (Exclusive)
06. Jay Electronica – Sucka
07. Spaceinvada – Recognise (Exclusive)
08. Abby Lee Tee – Machine handling
08. EWH feat. Steve Spacek – Longtime
09. Dyna – The Apartment
10. Shafiq Husayn – Nirvana
11. Leonard Destroy – Spell Binder (Exclusive)
12. Exile feat. J Mitchell – Your Summer Song
13. Bullion – Caroline No
14. Favorite Flava – So Cruel (Sauce81 Remix) (Exclusive)
15. K-Kruz feat. Steve Spacek – Honest (Exclusive)
16. Little Dragon – Feather
17. Dâm-Funk – West
18. Julien Dyne – Steel Legs
19. Om Unit – Lavender (Exclusive)
20. Flako feat. Amenta – 4500
21. Julien Dyne – Stained Glass Fresh
22. Dave De Rose – Float
23. Hefner – An Evening With Hefner
24. Jose James – Black Magic (Untold Remix)
25. Sbtrkt – Timeless Edit 2 (Exclusive)
26. Mr. Love & Stallions & Nobody Beats the Drum – Big Up This Chemistry (FS Green Remix)
27. Orange breakdown X Just Blaze – Lets go In
28. Sean Paul – So Fine (Joker Remix)
29. Emalkay – When I Look At You
30. Doctor P – Sweet Shop
31. Omar – Making Sense Of It
Another second, much shorter mix has been put together for the KCRW radio-station and can be downloaded here. And lastly, here is an older one recorded for an Austrian station.
Nov 04, 2009 As commenter Gerhard pointed out, I have confused the links – fixed!
Tonight at London’s Plastic People, Rush Hour and burntprogress are hosting the release party of the upcoming Beat Dimensions 2 compilation.
It will be out on CD this fall and contains an all-star cast of beatmakers including Dimlite, Nosaj Thing, Exile, Fulgeance, Mike Slott and Dorian Concept. Vinyl lovers should be reminded of getting EP1 and EP2 while they are still available. The tracklisting for the CD goes like this:01. Dorian Concept – Be Tween
02. Nosaj Thing – FWD
03. Zo aka La Chauve-Souris – The Peacock Revolution
04. Low Limit – Turf Day
05. Danny Breaks – The Sound
06. Pudge – Reign Dancing With The Stars
07. Dizz1 – Konotakosuke Yaro
08. Samiyam – Swamp Tarts
09. Mike Slott – Cadeting
10. MonoPoly – Distant From
11. Ras G – Crazy Alien
12. Dimlite – Ravemonds Young Problems
13. Devon – Welts
14. Erik L – Soularp Suite Part 2
15. Kenlo Craqnuques – Zoid
16. Tiago – Babel Fish
17. Dalt Wisney – R2FUX
18. Fulgeance – Haggis
19. Exile – Super Robot
20. Busy – Ecliptic Armilla
But let’s talk about those mixtapes I actually wanted to write about. As Mymanhenri pointed out, Jay Scarlett put a BD mixtape on his SoundCloud page. Looking around a bit further, it turns out there’s another one from Cinnaman.